EPA NEWS

EPA awards Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a water quality grant to assist the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality in administering the state’s water quality and ground water programs. The project aims to prevent, reduce and eliminate water pollution through monitoring, standard-setting, Total Maximum Daily Load development, permitting, surface and ground water enforcement and compliance activities, program management among other water quality related activities

Image courtesy of GE: ZeeWeed 500

GE signs service contract with Russian petrochemical plant

GE and Bashneft, a Rosneft-affiliated company, signed a long-term wastewater treatment service agreement at Rosneft’s industrial facilities in the Russian city of Ufa. As part of the 15-year contract, GE will provide advanced digital technologies to monitor filtration equipment at the plant. GE Water & Process Technologies will also take over maintenance responsibilities for ZeeWeed membrane bioreactors, electrodialysis reversal and reverse-osmosis equipment at the facility, extending equipment guarantees for the full life of the contract.

Juanita’s Foods achieves top rating from Safe Quality Food Institute

Juanita’s Foods received a Level III (Excellent) rating by Safe Quality Food (SQF) Institute — the organization’s highest rating — following a three-day audit of the Mexican food company’s facilities. SQF ratings are recognized by retailers and food service providers around the word as a comprehensive and credible food safety management system.

Phenomenex opens manufacturing and development facility 

Image courtesy of Phenomenex Inc.: Phenomenex new facility

Phenomenex Inc., opened a new manufacturing and development facility focused on the company’s gas chromatography columns, marketed under the Zebron brand name. The 15,000-square-foot facility, located in Sacramento, California, was designed and extensively renovated specifically for Phenomenex. The new location supports twice the production capacity and enables improved logistics and delivery speeds for the company’s customers around the world.

MOVERS & SHAKERS

Heartland Water Technology expands board of directors

Heartland Water Technology Inc., named two new additions to its board of directors; Kevin T. Knobloch and Christopher Beaufait. Knobloch was most recently the chief of staff to Secretary of Energy Ernest Monitz at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he led initiatives to meet multiple critical missions including clean energy technology, R&D and deployment; nuclear and toxic waste remediation; and energy infrastructure and security issues. He is currently Senior Research Associate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Beaufait was most recently group senior vice president, Asia Pacific & China for Vestas. Prior to joining Vestas, he held a variety of senior executive roles within the General Electric Company including president of China Commercial Aircraft Programs for GE Aviation, president and general manager for GE’s Avionics business, and global business development leader for GE Corporate China, Aviation and Transportation businesses.

Endress+Hauser expands US production

Endress Temp Facility

Image courtesy of Endress+Hauser: Endress+Hauser’s expanded temperature measurement production facility in Greenwood, Ind.

Kaiser Optical Systems, part of the Endress+Hauser Group since 2013, expanded its production facilities in the U.S. with a $9 million addition at its Raman analyzer manufacturing plant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, more than doubling the floor space to 87,000 square feet. The company also invested $8 million in a 42,000-sqare-foot state-of-the-art plant for temperature measurement production in Greenwood, Indiana, which is also the company’s U.S. sales center headquarters.